Steven Gerrard: Liverpool legend confirms 'positive talks' with Rangers

Steven Gerrard confirmed he will hold further negotiations with Rangers over the vacant managerial job at Ibrox on Thursday after "positive" early talks.

"I've held initial talks with Rangers and I plan to pick them up in a couple of days time".

Rangers have sacked Graeme Murty two days after a 5-0 hammering by their bitter rivals Celtic.

Gerrard, who retired from playing in November 2016, has been Liverpool's youth-team manager for the past year.

Murty was initially installed as interim boss in October following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha, before being handed the role until the end of the campaign in December.

Gerrard is widely expected to be given the nod following Murty's dismissal and has been locked in talks with the Scottish Premiership side.

"Graeme has had to contend with hard and challenging circumstances but conducted himself in a thoroughly professional manner".

Rangers are third in the Premiership table, with only goal difference separating them from fourth-placed Hibernian.

Nicholl, 61, will take the lead role in trying to lead the Ibrox squad through a testing trio of matches.

Lampard feels that the time is right for Gerrard to quit Anfield and test himself north of the border, however, telling talkSPORT: "In terms of the size of the club and knowing Steven pretty well, I think it's a great opportunity for him".

If Gerrard fails to have the desired impact - or even just fails to progress from where Rangers now stand, then the gap will just remain the same or widen even further - which is the last thing Scottish football needs.

  • Angelo Rivera